This liturgy is a deep breath of quiet, a renewal in preparation for the week ahead, a way to still your heart and mind so God may find you and lift your soul to Himself. At Church of the Resurrection we believe that beauty, especially in reverent liturgy and beautiful music, draws the soul to Our Lord. In the words of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI,
"[Music] has the power to lead us back... to the Creator of all harmony, creating a resonance within us which is like being in tune with the beauty and truth of God, with the reality which no human knowledge or philosophy can ever express."
"Compline" (from the Latin for "completion") is the last liturgy of prayers of the day, prayed in monasteries since the 6th century, and prayed at Church of the Resurrection on Sundays. The form of Compline prayed is the "Extraordinary Form", the form prayed prior to the Second Vatican Council.
Under musical director, David Stattelman, the Schola approaches chanting Compline from the medieval style and perspective, that is, a fluid style with strong emphasis on conveying the meaning of the text and often with the addition of vocal drones. The result is an experience attendees describe as "ethereal" and "contemplative."
What to expect: the church will be darkened; there will be print-outs at the South and East entrances you may use as a guide; this will have both the Latin and English. You may follow along with the guide or simply listen. Anyone of any faith is welcome to attend. We will be happy to have you!
Compline is sung at the Church of the Resurrection the first Sunday of every month at 8:00 p.m.